Summary: H.R.709 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/11/1999)

Technology Education Capital Investment Act of 1999 - Authorizes appropriations to the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct informal science and mathematics education programs. Requires the NSF to expand such programs. Sets forth priorities for such programs serving students at pre-kindergarten through secondary education levels.

(Sec. 3) Authorizes appropriations to the NSF Director to carry out the national advanced scientific and technical education program under the Scientific and Advanced-Technology Act of 1992.

(Sec. 4) Establishes a technology education State stimulus scholarship program. Authorizes the Secretary of Education to make matching grants to States to provide supplementary scholarships to students for study leading to a postsecondary degree in science, mathematics, engineering, or a related field. Allows such scholarships to be awarded by the State higher education system, the State scholarship commission, or an equivalent State entity. Sets forth eligibility requirements. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 5) Establishes a hands-on student training partnership grants program. Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to make start-up grants to institutions of higher learning to develop industry-sponsored internship programs that provide opportunities for undergraduate engineering students to receive hands-on training at local businesses. Sets forth program priorities and restrictions. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 6) Amends the Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to educational assistance programs to provide for: (1) permanent extension of the tax exclusion for employer-provided educational assistance; and (2) restoration of the tax exclusion for graduate level assistance.

(Sec. 7) Establishes the Technology Workforce Commission to study and report to the President and the Congress on all matters relating to the shortage of technology workers in the United States. Authorizes appropriations.